That tiny little shell represents my dream of coastal living, salty air, sunshiny days, warm nights, being outside and active year-round, and so much more. It's about a different quality of life that I want to attain for my family. It represents a home on a sunny spot of land, with lush tropical landscaping all around, a pool with screened in lanai, ample rooms for the each of us to have our own space, a sewing area/office for writing, a playground for the kids, a workspace for my husband to tinker about and fix the 107 things that always seem to need fixing. A place for my husband and for all us us, to kick back, relax, and enjoy. I want this nestled in a safe and family friendly neighborhood, with lots of trees and caring neighbors all around.
The shell also represents new life in a career for me. It represents my Etsy business and writing full-time. I want to write from anywhere and be present and available for my children when they need me. I want to be around in the afternoons after school (once they start school) to pick them up and bring them to activities, help with homework, make dinner, and be BE there with them and with my husband. I want to sew teeny tiny dresses because that really makes me happy, and I want to write because that is a challenge and I feel fulfillment from it. I want my office to be anywhere I chose it to be. I want that freedom.
Tall order? Absolutely. But they say:
So go out and find that tiny reminder for yourself. I promise it will help you. Be brave. Be bold. We only have this one life!
P.S. Did you guess where the pictures where taken from the last post? Do you know where our place in the sun is? That's right! Florida........SW Florida...........Sarasota and Charlotte County Area......Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, North Port, Venice. All lovely areas. We will see what shakes out in the future for us there. In the meantime I will "Hang Loose. Hang Loose. Let the ocean worry about being blue." - Alabama Shakes And of course, hold that seashell close to me. :)